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About Redwood Raks

Redwood Raks World Dance Studio came into being in 2008 when I was so delighted to come into rentership of the space that had held a dance treasure of Arcata for decades.... the Dancecenter. I had danced in this community-loved non-profit studio for years, and when it closed in late 2007 I distinctly felt the loss to our dance community. The Dancenter had been a performance venue, workshop space, and dance studio class space for independent instructors for years.

I was SO excited to make the connection that led to taking on what we now call the Jade Studio. It has always been my goal to continue the community-minded tradition of having a space that is easy to rent for established and new dance teachers to offer their talents to the community, to have a space with a flexible weekend schedule to accomodate workshops and special events, and a performance venue for dance concerts and more. As I started that first year I also found a love for offering really sparkly fabulous fun children's birthday parties on the weekends. It started with fairies, and now I have many amazing themes!

For awhile we had a second "Annex Studio" in the Cooper Building on Samoa and I Streets in Arcata, but in 2013 I was able to take on a second dance space within our wonderful Old Creamery Building. This added more capacity for dance classes, the ability to have festivals and larger events, adding a door between the studios to allow for a nice big "backstage area" during shows, and a wonderful home base for my excellent kids parties.

Redwood Raks has been home to MANY diffrerent dance and movement communities, and we are delighted to have had all sorts of events in the space from Baby Showers to Weddings to Break Dance Battles to Belly Dance Festivals to Holiday Art Markets to Fashion Shows to CD Release Parties and Dessert Parties.

Most of our classes are offered for teens and adults, but we do have some classes for kids. We also run super fabulous Kids Dance Camps all summer long. They're really fun! Check out the link HERE.

We hope to see you at a dance class, workshop, event, or party soon!

Thanks for visiting Redwood Raks (or at least our website!)... we hope to see you on the dance floor soon.



Redwood Raks World Dance Studio
is at 8th & L Streets, Arcata, CA 95521 in the Old Creamery Building
(707) 616-6876 • dance@shoshannaland.com